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Chase Winovich delayed surgery to play in Peach Bowl

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Winovich told reporters Thursday that he played through injury against Ohio State, and will once again Saturday against Florida.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Winovich played through injury against Ohio State. He will once again in the final game of his collegiate career.

The senior defensive end told reporters in Atlanta Thursday that he suffered one in Columbus, and will require surgery. He opted to wait until after the Peach Bowl to undergo the undisclosed procedure.

He will also participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.

“(The medical staff) said you need surgery,” Winovich said. “What do you want to do? You can get it now or try to put it off until after the combines. I knew I had to work out in the combine because it’s important for a lot of reasons to display some of my skills...This is a great opportunity. It’s my last game at Michigan.”

He showed caution by not criticizing other teammates that are sitting out of Saturday’s game against Florida.

”I’m careful with my words because jump ship is not what I’m saying what they did,” he said. “Everyone has their own individual decisions that they have to make. For me, I wasn’t ready to leave.”

He was coy about talking about his injury, choosing to withhold information from the Gators.

“Coach Harbaugh would be mad at me, and my enemy would be very glad if they discovered these sorts of things,” Winovich stated, “and puts myself at a risk and some sort of vulnerability to my opponents.”

The Peach Bowl starts at noon ET on Saturday, and will be televised on ESPN.